Hovercraft owner plans another court case

    Washington, D.C. (KINY) John Sturgeon is not giving up in his battle to use a hovercraft on federally owned land.

    The Anchorage moose hunter plans to push his lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court for a second time.  The legal issue is federal authority over Alaska state rivers and waterways. 

    Sturgeon petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 but they refused to hear the case.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner said Sturgeon feels more confident that the court will now hear the case.

    A National Park Service employee tried to enforce a hovercraft ban on the Nation River, in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.  Sturgeon argued the Park Service regulation were not valid because they overrode the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act that allowed them to be used.

     

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